Dougherty Bros Pty Ltd v Outline Planning Consultants Pty Ltd
Jurisdiction: Land and Environment Court
Side A: Dougherty Bros Pty Ltd (Corporation)
Side B: Outline Planning Consultants Pty Ltd (Corporation)
Plaintiffs challenged building permit on climate change grounds.
In hearings held from May 16 to May 18, 2016, Dougherty Bros Pty Ltd challenged a determination of the Joint Regional Planning Panel (“JRPP”) to grant development consent to Yamba Residential Subdivision Pty Limited for a lot. Dougherty Bros own another lot in the subdivision. The JRPP relied on the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 s 23G(2)(a) as consent authority under the Clarence Valley Council.
The development was for 161 residential lots including bulk earthworks and filling of land, associated tree removal, earthworks and landscaping and planting on one of the component lots. In a decision issued on June 16, 2016, the Court dismissed the amended summons, citing a lack of evidence provided by the applicant to demonstrate there was not the proper consideration of potential flood hazards. The assessment performed took into account the impacts of climate change.